During a press conference in New Delhi, India, Tuesday morning, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta let President Donald Trump know that his network is a great deal more truthful than the current resident of the White House, which resulted in an enraged response from the president, Mediaite reports.
As part of a follow-up question regarding Russia possibly reportedly working to get Trump reelected, Acosta inquired:
“Can you pledge to the American people that you will not accept any foreign assistance in the upcoming election?”
The president responded:
“First of all, I want no help from any country, and I haven’t been given help from any country and if you see what CNN, your wonderful network, said, I guess they apologized in a way for — didn’t they apologize for the fact that they said certain things that weren’t true? Tell me, what was their apology yesterday? What did they say?”
But Acosta was more than ready for that query, telling Trump:
“Mr. President. I think our record on delivering the truth is a lot better yours.”
Trump angrily replied:
“Let me tell you about your record, your record is so bad you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You have the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”
However, the facts simply don’t support the president’s accusation.
For example, since he took office, Donald Trump has, as of January 20, 2020, made 16,241 false or misleading statements, according to the Washington Post, and the yearly total of lies has increased steadily in the three years Trump has been president:
“In 2017, Trump made 1,999 false or misleading claims. In 2018, he added 5,689 more, for a total of 7,688. And in 2019, he made 8,155 suspect claims.
“In other words, in a single year, the president said more than the total number of false or misleading claims he had made in the previous two years. Put another way: He averaged six such claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018 and more than 22 a day in 2019.”
So, while the president may want to paint CNN as being more inaccurate than he is, that’s nothing more than psychological projection. He doesn’t like being called a liar. Then again, liars never appreciate being called out for their lies.
This exchange with Jim Acosta was something else. pic.twitter.com/qOH09FNjug
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